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Flea Beetles

Flea beetles are tiny black beetles about 1/16 of an inch in length. When disturbed the flea beetles jump from plant to plant. While sharing a similar name, flea beetles are not related to common pet fleas.

Flea beetles feed on a wide-range of plants including vegetables, berry plants, and small fruit trees. When attacked by flea beetles, leaves appear riddled with tiny holes about 1/8 of an inch in size. Flea beetles are most attracted to new seedlings and juvenile plants. The juvenile grubs eat plant roots and the adults eat plant foliage.

Recommended Steps to Control Flea Beetles

Spray plants with Bug Buster Pyrethrin Insect Spray, when the leaves show the first signs of damage. Repeat the spray every seven days, until control is achieved. Monitor new foliage growth for signs of damage. In the fall, clean up and remove plant leaves and debris, to reduce the number of over-wintering locations for the adult beetles.